I Fell Off the Bandwagon

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Well, I fell off the bandwagon.  Not horribly, but I haven’t done p90x3 in a couple of weeks.  I could lie and tell you it’s because I haven’t had time, or I could just tell you the truth and say that I chose to do other things.  I may have had a bad meal here and there, but I’ve been eating good too.  With end of school activities picking up, work, concerts, and travel…I just haven’t felt like working out when I do have the time.  I want to relax.  I’ll get back on the bandwagon, but it may be spotty for the next couple of weeks.  My guess is that it’ll be easier for me to want to do it when school is out for the kids.

Last night I had a winy child who just did NOT want anything to do with homework.  He was in tears doing homework.  It was easy work, but I think he’s about done for the school year.  He has summer brain and sitting down writing words in ABC order, followed by reading 2 books was not something he wanted to do.  He finished and all was fine, but this is becoming a nightly thing at our house.  Only a few more weeks!  We’ve been sharing a spring cold at our house too.  To top off the illness train, my gallbladder reminded me how much it hated me on Friday night and I was up for most of the night. 

Last week was a bit of a whirlwind.  When you travel in the middle of a school week with 2 kids, it’s more stressful.  You have to make sure that everything is ready for those days you are gone and then when you get back it seems like it takes a few days to get back to normal for us.  This trip was for pleasure, not work related.  We took a trip to Atlanta to try to catch a glimpse of them filming The Walking Dead and then we saw Lady Gaga in concert.  We got to see them setting Terminus up for filming, but they started filming the day after we left.  I was on a mission to see Norman Reedus, and he was literally less than a mile away from me that day.  I didn’t know this until the following day…one day I will meet this man.  One day…..

Lady Gaga: let me just say that I’ve always been a fan of her music, but watching her perform can sometimes be painful for me.  She has DIE HARD fans, including my husband, and frankly, I was scared of what kind of characters I’d come into contact with while we were there.  I can’t even begin to tell you how AWESOME the show was.  I can’t remember the last time I had that much fun!  We sang, we danced, and we laughed with some pretty cool people who sat behind us.  Even my throat was scratchy when we left from singing so much.  The outfits some people wore though. Some were pretty amazing, while others were less than great, but they were all fun to look at.  If you ever get the chance to see Lady Gaga in concert…do it.  Seriously, she puts on one of the best shows.  Don’t take your child though…there were a few kids there and they saw more of her than they should have seen.  Hell, I saw more of her than I should have seen.  

Next show we’re going to see: Bruno Mars…I’m kind of excited about this one!  I mean, who doesn’t want to listen to Bruno Mars serenade you while watching him dance?  You’re not human if you raised your hand!  That show is in a few weeks. 

Next week is another busy week!  My youngest will graduate from 3K, we are heading to the beach for about 4 days, and my oldest will turn 7.  I can’t say much more about him getting older because I seriously might cry!  I wanted a child so bad and God gave me that beautiful child!  He’s such a mommy’s boy and I get extremely emotional when it comes to my kids!  He is such a good kid and I’m not just saying that.  He’ll have his birthday with us at the beach on Saturday.  Then on the 31st he’ll have his birthday party with his friends at the local bowling ally.  I’m a little nervous because there’s A LOT of kids invited.  Is it wrong to hope half can’t make it?  He just makes so many friends and he doesn’t want to leave anyone out.  FYI: even if half can’t make it, there will still be about 15 kids there.  Whew!  He didn’t get to have a party last year because I had just had a complete abdominal hysterectomy and could hardly move around.  He deserves a party this year!

I’ve rambled enough!  Let’s get this going!  Have a great day!

Why am I the one who gets sick?

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As if the eye thing wasn’t bad enough, I have this nasty sinus stuff going on.  In fact, I think my sinuses are the cause of my eye problem.  I blamed my little girl at first, but as days go on I’m starting to feel bad for that accusation.  My face hurts…my eyes are so red and swollen and watery that I look ridiculous.  I’ve been sleeping with a damp/cold cloth on my face.  It’s the only way I can have a little bit of comfort.

Monday evening I told you what I wanted to eat and that I would just go home and workout and have my protein shake.  That didn’t happen.  The mere thought of sweat getting into my eyes was painful.  My son wanted spaghetti, so we had pasta and bread for dinner and I did NOT workout.  I still feel guilty about that.  I just didn’t have it in me. 

Yesterday, I woke up with swollen eyes and a sore face.  After dropping my son off at school and my daughter at my parent’s house…I got pulled over.  First, let me say that I appreciate those who protect us.  My brother used to be a police officer and I do respect them.  However, yesterday was just ridiculous.  Apparently, there isn’t enough crime to fight in our city because I was pulled over for putting my seat belt on as I was pulling out of my parents house.  I’ve never hoped I was contagious before, but man I hope that officer gets what I have.  I could understand if I wasn’t wearing it, BUT whatever.  Now I have a $25 ticket to pay.  Thanks man…

As my day went on yesterday, I received flowers, edible arrangements, and gift cards for Admin Professional’s Day!  I guess you could say that cheered me up!  By the time I got home, I didn’t want to workout.  I was miserable.  My head was hurting, my face was hurting, and my eyes looked/felt ridiculous.  I did homework with my son and then I bit the bullet and did the workout I missed from Monday: Upper Eccentric.  It wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be, but when you’re sick everything is miserable.  I drank a protein shake for dinner, bathed the kids, and went to BED. 

I just feel like I haven’t made much progress this week.  I besides my pasta/bread for dinner on Monday, I haven’t eaten bad.  I only had one helping, so I shouldn’t even feel bad about it…but I do.  I know that I’m not hindering the efforts I’ve been making, but I know that I’ve done more in the ways of working out.  I just have to accept that I’m sick and I’ll pick up where I left off later.  I’m still going to keep on and workout but I may not put as much effort into it. 

Ok, there’s my vent.  I feel a little better for getting that out 🙂 

Some days are better than others

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The title says it all.  Last night I just didn’t feel so great.  I had a lot to get done when I got off work and not much time to do it.  Being a working mom of 2 younger kids can be a challenge.  Especially when you’re trying to accomplish a personal fitness goal. I had to go to the bank, the store to pick up a few things we ran out of, feed the kids dinner, help my son with homework, and also workout.  Yes, it’s only a 30 minute workout.  However, when you get off at 5 and have a 3 hour window to get things done before your kids bedtime.  It’s stressful.  Luckily, I have my husband for help but he’s also trying to accomplish the same thing I am (even if he doesn’t need it in my opinion).

So, last night he worked out while I helped my son with homework, ran to the bank and the store.  I came home and made dinner for the kids while Dennis had a protein shake and got his bearings after working out.  I procrastinated my workout because I was just tired.  I didn’t want to do it.  I didn’t want to do it while I was working out.  I didn’t want to do it when I was finished with it.  BUT I did workout.  He bathed the kids and did the dishes while I worked out.  I’m so thankful for a husband who isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty help me in areas that some husbands don’t.  I then had my protein shake while I complained about how tired I was. 

While getting in bed last night I started to wonder if my daughter shared a case of pink eye with me or if it was just my allergies acting up and then went to sleep.  I woke up this morning early to get myself, my son, and my daughter ready for the day so I could get my son to run club before school (they have to be there by 7am). As I got up I realized that my daughter shared her case of pink eye with me in not just one eye, but both eyes.  When I went to get into the shower I decided to look at my eyes…lovely.  Pretty awesome of her to share, huh?  Again, I’m dragging today.  My body is EXHAUSTED.  I’m wondering if she also shared her cold with me. The doctor said it was her allergies acting up, but I just don’t feel myself so I’m thinking she had something else and gave it to me.  I’m cranky and lethargic.  I can tell my body’s begging for a break, but I’m scared to cave.

I’ve put medicated eye drops for my pink eye in both eyes, but they’re still burning and bothering the hell out of me.  Yes, I’m being that annoying co-worker at work who’s probably contagious and tell people it’s my allergies if they ask.  Oh well.  I’m using hand sanitizer if I even touch my face but I haven’t bothered my eyes.  Believe me, I’d rather be at home, but my boss who’s the big wig is in the office this week and I need to be here. I’m also retaining a lot of water today for some reason and it’s making me miserable.  I’m guessing it could be from last night’s workout.  Maybe I should give Tony Horton a shout out for that.

Let’s be clear, I want nothing more than to go home, eat a pizza (possibly the whole thing by myself, ha!) and go to bed.  However, I’ll go home and help my son with homework, feed both kids, and workout while my hubby does his half of the routine with the kids.  I’ll drink my protein shake for dinner and wish I was chewing a pizza.  This 2nd block may be more difficult than I anticipated. 

Ok, sorry for the debbie downer post.  I just needed to vent.  I’m seriously not feeling anything today but lazy.  Tomorrow is Administrative Professional’s Day!  If you know someone who is one, tell them thank you.  They deal with so much on an every day basis from so many people…a lot more than they’re job requires and all with a smile on their face 🙂

The results are in…

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I did it!  I completed the FIRST of 3 blocks of p90x3!  That is a HUGE accomplishment for me!  If I can do it, ANYONE can do it!  It’s been so worth it.  My mood has improved, I can move around and not have near as many aches and pains, I move faster than I used to.  I didn’t realize how sluggish I was before, but man I was pathetic!  I also sleep like a rock at night now where before I would lie awake for hours at a time.

I took my measurements yesterday and at first I was a little let down.  I think I was expecting more.  I think I wanted this dramatic change on the outside to match the dramatic change I feel on the inside.  I wanted to see more change in my pics, I wanted more inches gone.  Then I stopped and looked at where I started and where I am now, just 29 days later.  Then I thought “Why the hell are you down?  You did this in 29 DAYS, the RIGHT way!!”  Then I was totally cool with it. 

Here are my first block results:

Weight Lost: 11lbs

Inches Lost: 8.5″ overall

and here are my pics:

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So, be nice to me.  It’s still hard for me to put these results out there, but I’m doing it to hold myself accountable! I can’t stop.  I just hope that I keep continuing on at this same rate for the next 30 days. 

With all of that said, I had my first cheat yesterday.  Hot wings and fries and a pack of Reese’s cups.  It was not everything I dreamed it would be.  None of it tasted good…like at all.  I think my taste buds have changed.  I didn’t even eat all of my wings because I just didn’t care for them.  So, now that I got my cheat meal out of my system, I can see that it wasn’t something I needed like my mind thought it was.  It also made me feel like crap yesterday.  Why do that to myself?  It’s not worth it.

We’re heading to the beach on May 23rd, which also happens to be the end of block 2.  It just worked out that way, it wasn’t planned that way. I’m hoping to really kick it into gear this block.  I’m hoping to kick ass and take names.  I want to be more comfortable in my skin before I go sit on the beach in a bathing suit. 

This next month is going to be crazy for us.  Both kids have a ton of end of school activities to attend, and Aiden turns 7 during our trip to the beach.  Which means a birthday party is in our future.  I’m ready though!

Reality is calling my name so I hope everyone enjoys your week!

 

 

Quick Update

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Happy Tuesday!  Yesterday was such a long, draining day for me!  We had important visitors in our office and work and I think I only sat down for maybe an hour yesterday at work.  The kids went back to school after a week off and we had to adjust to that and homework again.  I got some news that I’ve been waiting to hear that took a million pounds off of my shoulders.  My hubby also took a forgotten form to our tax lady and had our taxes amended.  Thankfully I had some errands that I needed to run with the kids so I wasn’t present for that.  That crap stresses me out.  I was worried that we would end up having to pay and it was just a pain to even think about.  Luckily, we don’t owe anything and they actually owe us.  Another awesome bit of news from last night. Pretty much everything started stressful and ended with great news.

Enough about yesterday.  I’m still trucking a long on my fitness journey with p90x3.  Friday I had a mini cheat day.  We went to the Masters for the day and I had a pimento cheese sandwich, a bbq sandwich, and a peach ice cream cookie sandwich.  I washed those down with 2 sweet teas.  Well, that’s a lie.  I drank 1 tea and 2 sips of the 2nd tea before I realized I couldn’t drink it.  It was too sweet for me.  What?!  Yes…I couldn’t handle the sugar.  It may have been a mix of the other food too, but I’m just not used to eating that way anymore and my tummy let me know that I needed to stop before I got sick.  Crazy stuff, huh?  Anyway, we walked so much that day that I don’t think any of those calories counted at all.  I also worked out before we went that day.  My legs were screaming at me when we got home that night.  Saturday, I did 2 workouts from p90x3 and it was intense for me.  I was sore Sunday, but a good sore.  I did weigh myself on Sunday.  I know, I said I’d stop but it was just so tempting.  I was down in lbs but I’m not telling how much.  I’d rather give you the big numbers and measurements on Monday, 4/21.  That’s when I measure, take pics, and “officially” weigh in for the first block.  I’ll share the before/after pics with you then.  I’m proud of myself.  I’m wearing a shirt that is more fitting today and I feel comfortable in it.  I also had a coworker tell me this morning that they could tell that I’ve lost weight.  How’s that to start a day?!

Each morning I get on IG and look at some pics of those who are on the same journey as me.  Mostly for inspiration because some days are harder than others, but it helps me.  Today, someone I know posted a picture trying to be inspirational and I could not disagree with them more.  They posted a pic and said “There is no one giant step that does it, it’s a lot of little steps.”  That statement could not be further from the truth for me.  It was a HUGE step for me to commit to this workout program.  It was also a HUGE step for me to change my eating habits at a drop of a hat the way I did.  Those 2 HUGE steps have changed everything for me.  HUGE steps CAN do it.  What some may look at as a small step, could be a HUGE step to others.  I’ll leave this topic on that note because frankly, that comment was ridiculous to me.

I hope you all have a great week and keep up the good work!  I’ll see you guys on Monday 🙂

Monday…

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I’m not a fan of Mondays.  It’s always harder to wake up and leave my bed on a Monday morning.  It’s Master’s week this week and it’s a little quieter at work.  Either everyone left town to get away from the madness or they took off to go to watch some golf or work at the National.  For those of you who don’t know, The Master’s golf tournament is this week and it brings in a huge portion of revenue for our city for the year.  It’s a pretty big deal around here.  My husband and I will make it over to the Augusta National on Friday to watch some of the tournament, visit the gift shop, and eat a pimento cheese sandwich.  The amount of walking we’ll be doing will work that off 🙂 

This past Friday I cheated on my healthy eating lifestyle (I don’t want to call it a diet).  I needed ice cream.  I know you think I’m exaggerating, but I NEEDED it.  So, my hubby went over to Chick-fil-A and bought me a cup of ice cream.  That’s love 🙂 It was only 290 calories, so really…it wasn’t a huge cheat.  I probably could have done without the sugar, but I think I still came in under my calories for the day.  After this first p90x3 block is finished, I will treat myself to a Zaxby’s meal for a cheat meal. Needless-to-say, I can’t wait for the first block to be over.  I did read that your body needs a cheat every now and again.  So, I’ll follow the advice…

When I first started p90x3, my intentions were to weigh/measure/take pics of myself the day before I started, and not again until the 1st block was complete.  Well, I haven’t measured myself, and I only took the pics that once to help me get past a day that I just felt like nothing was working.  However, I’ve weighed myself twice.  I’m down 8lbs since the beginning.  I just don’t want to weigh myself again until the first block is over.  I can tell that my tummy has gone down a good bit, even though I don’t feel a HUGE difference in my jeans.  It’s noticeable to me and my husband noticed it as well.  I mean, my jeans are just a little more loose than they were, but I’d like to see that change more.  I know it’ll come in time.  I think for me to already see a change with my own eyes says enough right now.

Tonight is either Dynamix or a rest night.  I’m not resting.  I’m going to a spin class and then I’ll come home and do the Dynamix.  Since it’s Spring Break and I don’t have to worry about homework or strict bedtimes with my kids, I’m able to have a little extra time for a spin class.  Otherwise, I’m only going to go to spin on the weekends because it’s just too much to fit in during the week.  I went from exercising once or twice a month to 7 days a week.  So, I think spinning on just the weekends will be just fine. 

This past weekend, we took the kids to the park to play and ride bikes.  I ran to keep up with my son on his bike.  He thought it was fun to try to get away from me, and I didn’t mind because it pushed me to run.  We then went to an area called the Brick Pond Park.  We saw a momma duck with all her little ducklings and 2 gators.  I had my daughter on my shoulder for a good bit of the walk around there, so I got a workout there too 🙂  Yesterday, was a laundry day.  We also prepped our lunches for both of us for the entire week.  We don’t normally do that, but it helped a TON.  It took about an hour in the kitchen and was so much less hectic than doing it each night or even better, the day of because you forgot or fell asleep. We prepped the ingredients for our eggs.  I eat scrambled egg whites pretty much every day and I add diced tomatoes and diced onions with a little hot sauce to the top.  Other mornings I may have an egg white, turkey bacon, cheese on an english muffin just to switch it up.  Anyway, you just can’t cook that the night before.  That’s gross.

Well, lunch break is over.  I’ll see you guys soon!

Day 11 of the progam

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Happy Friday!  I hope everyone is having a productive day!  Today is career day at my son’s school and he dressed as a chef today, because he said he wants to be a chef when he grows up!  I’d like to think today has been productive for myself.  I’ve managed to get 2 kids ready and out the door for school, workout, and worked a bit.  Not too bad for a Friday. 

I’m on day 11 of the p90x3 program.  I’ve completed all 11 workouts so far and I’ve eaten near perfect for the past 11 days.  I was brave enough to post a before/after pic the other day.  Yes, I took one already.  The other day I was feeling down.  I was tired, cranky, and I really wanted junk food to make me feel better.  So, I asked my husband to take another pic of me so I could see if I looked even the slightest bit different.  First, let me say that I know it took me a good year to put this weight on.  I’m not expecting to drop it all overnight.  I wish I’d started sooner.  However, to my surprise…there was a difference.  There was a BIG difference, at least to me.  So, I thought I’d post the pics below.  Go easy on me please.  The pic on the left was the day before I started.  There are 10 days between these pics.  I still have a long way to go, but this gives me the motivation I need to keep on going.

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I’m craving fries today so I’m going to make carrot fries and grilled chicken for supper.  You take carrots, cut into strips, brush a little bit of olive oil on top and bake at 450 for 10-12 minutes.  Easy peasy.

I’m realizing that I want to do more than just the p90x.  I want to go spinning or running, but there hasn’t been enough time in the day for that yet.  I’m still getting used to everything.  I will figure out how to add it, but it’s not a necessity right TODAY.  I’ll take a class Sunday and keep up the rest in the mean time.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!  My kids are off for Spring Break now and the Masters will be in town next week.  I’m looking forward to making our way to the Augusta National on Friday of next week.  I’m not a huge fan of golf, but there’s just something about the Augusta National. 

Have a great weekend!